Jon Whitehouse is an experienced community campaigner and councillor. Born in Wembley, his family moved to Epping when he was six weeks old. Jon went to school locally and is now a school governor at Epping Primary School on the site of his old infant school.
"I am very proud to be running for election in the constituency where I have lived most of my life," said Jon. "As a councillor I have got to know all areas of Epping Forest. There are many vital issues that can only be decided in Parliament, and I am campaigning to ensure that residents' voices are heard when Parliament makes decisions.”
“The Liberal Democrat plans to protect spending on education, improve mental health services and preserve our environment are all issues close to my heart," said Jon.
Local residents elected Jon to Epping Town Council in 1995, to Epping Forest District Council in 1999 and as county councillor for Epping & Theydon Bois in 2013. He served as Epping Town Mayor in 2012-13. Professionally Jon has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors - mainly in development, communication and public affairs roles.
Jon has played a particularly active role in local planning matters, assisting residents to voice their views and working to preserve the function of the Green Belt. He has campaigned for road safety measures and is helping to set up a community speedwatch scheme of local volunteers. Jon serves on the Essex Pension Fund, overseeing the investment of over £4.5 billion on behalf of pension fund members.
Jon plays an active role in many local organisations, including volunteering with a local heritage charity and at community events. In his spare time Jon runs with Loughton AC. He ran his first marathon in 2014, finishing in a time of 3 hrs 14 mins.
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